[Market-farming] broadforks

Pam Twin Oaks pam at twinoaks.org
Tue Jan 15 10:45:05 EST 2013

Thanks for the help I got earlier when I asked about broadforks. I decided
to go with this one:

I want the broadfork primarily for loosening beds in the hoophouse,
where we don't till. I want to cover a 48" bed top in two passes, and be
manageable for normal farmers
(rather than 6'+ bodybuilders).

I looked at Johnny's, Gulland Forge, Cool Tools, Valley Oak, Grelinette
from Red Pig Tools, Meadow Creature and Lehman's. Then Gemplers.

I had thought I'd prefer ash handles to steel, but Charles from Way Cool
Tools brought their heat-treated all metal one over for me to try, and I
liked it a lot. Not too heavy, seems strongly made. I heard of some bending
and breaking problems with other brands, and with wooden handles.

So, thanks to those who sent opinions based on their experience!

Pam Dawling

Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a
Few Acres
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